Travel during pregnancy: Things you need to know

Travel during pregnancy

While many women still don’t prefer to travel during the first trimester, it’s totally ok if your doctor has okayed you. The no flying preference stems from the myth that a “young” pregnancy is at risk from air travel. There’s absolutely no evidence to support this claim.

How do I know it is safe for me to travel during pregnancy?

Because the first trimester is very sensitive to an elevated risk of early miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy, it is essential that you check the medical facilities and their availability - pregnancy related - at your destination, should you need emergency attention. Also, keep in hand a copy of your medical records, to make sure that the destination doctor will have all the relevant information he needs to treat you.

Have a pre-travel checkup before you leave so that your doctor and you are on the same page. The doctor can brief you on what precautions you’ll need to take, medication you need to carry (and give you prescriptions for it) and how to deal with any situation that may arise.

If you are suffering with nausea, you should make sure that you drink plenty of bottled (or safe) water to avoid dehydration, especially if you are travelling from/to a tropical place. Make sure you’re getting enough calories. Bland foods such as potato, rice or noodles can be easier to digest, if you are feeling unwell.

Do I need vaccinations for travel during pregnancy

Live vaccinations used to immunise against dangerous diseases, is not generally recommended during pregnancy. This is because there is a possible risk that the live bacteria or virus in the vaccine could cross the placental barrier and harm the baby. Hence, avoid traveling in countries where there is a high risk of any disease against which you would require immunisation.

If you have to travel to a country with a disease that needs vaccination, you should talk to your doctor about it.